In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), remained vigilant in their commitment to protect American consumers from intellectual property theft as well as enforce the rights of intellectual property rights holders by expanding their efforts to seize infringing goods, leading to 691 arrests, 423 indictments and 334 prosecutions. Counterfeit and pirated goods pose a serious threat to America’s economic vitality, the health and safety of American consumers, and our critical infrastructure and national security. Through coordinated efforts to interdict infringing merchandise, including joint operations, DHS enforced intellectual property rights while facilitating the secure flow of legitimate trade and travel.
In recent years, the internet has fueled explosive growth in the numbers of small packages of counterfeit and pirated goods shipped through express carriers and mail. In FY 2012, CBP & ICE heightened their efforts against the sources of these small shipments: the websites involved in the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods. In FY 2012, 697 such sites were taken down by ICE, with CBP handling the forfeitures. The number of IPR seizures remained somewhat consistent from 24,792 in FY 2011 to 22,848 in FY 2012. It is believed that the strategy of pursuing the sources of counterfeit goods will provide long-term results in decreasing the flow of counterfeit merchandise into commerce.
The MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of seized goods increased from $1.11 billion in FY 2011 to $1.26 billion in FY 2012, with an average seizure value of more than $10,450.
We have 25 years of experience in filing petitions with US Customs to seek the return of seized merchandise for alleged IPR violations. We also will help file petitions to remit any additional penalties which may be assessed in this situation. We may be able to offer you an attorney fee arrangement based partially on a fixed initial retainer and partially on a contingency basis.
The Law Offices of R. H. Robbins assists companies and individuals when they have had their merchandised seized by Customs and Border Patrol. Please contact us by telephone at: (954) 946-8130 OR by email to rose at roserobbins.com OR by submitting the simple form below to set up a free confidential consultation to see if we may be of assistance to you in the return of your merchandise or the remission of any assessed penalty.